Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Kate Middleton’s Grandmother Helped Intercept Nazi Messages

Valerie Glassborow helped Britain and Allies during World War II

By: Daniel Koren

Published: June 19th, 2014 in News » World

On Wednesday, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, visited Bletchley Park, the central site of the United Kingdom’s Government Code and Cypher School during the Second World War.

Middleton’s special visit marked the location’s official opening as a museum, but interesting information about her grandmother was discovered in the process.

Clarence House, which represents Middleton’s immediate Royal family, tweeted a black and white image of Valerie Glassborow, Middleton’s paternal grandmother. According to research and stories shared within the family, Glassborow served as a civilian staff member at the site that was often dubbed a “spy school”.

Bletchley Park is the location that saw famous computer scientist, Alan Turing, crack the Enigma Code, which Nazi Germany used to encrypt secret messages in 1941. Turing’s discovery helps Britain and the Allies win the war four years later, and according to ITV, Middleton’s grandmother was part of the team that aided in intercepted enemy signals for Britain.

While Middleton was visiting the site on Wednesday, she met with 90-year-old Lady Marion Body, a woman that worked with Glassborow during the war.

“I had often asked Granny about it, but she was very quiet,” Middleton told Body.

While on site, Middleton wore a pair of headphones and tried to interpret codes provided to her… perhaps the same codes her grandmother intercepted 70 years earlier.

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